Cecilia Ho-Grayson of Chinese and Portuguese descent, is now residing in Prince Rupert; her husband is first-nations from Ojibway nation in Ontario. She has over 30 years of experience in the fashion industry as an entrepreneur, designer and educator. She is the owner of a free-lance pattern design and drafting business since 2000, called "Accufit Patterns" she was also, an instructor in the Fashion Arts program at Vancouver Community College for 5 years before relocating to Prince Rupert. Tribes evolved when Cecilia's and Rosalie's talent connected while volunteering for the 2014 Salmonfest celebration in Prince Rupert, working on the quilt, consisting of many North Coast first nations house crests, which is raffled off annually.
The inspiration of “Tribes Collection” came to her upon the relocation to Prince Rupert, immersed in the fascinating first nations culture and the beautiful pristine nature. “Tribes” is a collection of north-coast first nations inspired fashion, it is a collaboration of art, exceptional fitting, unique details, all styled with movement. The focus is on integrating culture and nature of the North Coast and modern sophisticated elements with respect to first nations culture.